Water EMERGENCY!

For those of you who know my 18 month year old son, you will find this humorous, for the rest of you I beg for your sympathy!

So today I woke up way too early with a sick child, and a husband who is out of town. I only got about 4 hours of sleep (the night before was around 2 hours). Anyways, I had to go to hockey practice and right when I got there my baby puked ALL over his seat. Luckily Grandma was there to tend and helped me clean it. Anyways, after hockey practice I got home and needed desperately to:

-shower
-bathe my child
-wash the car seat in the laundry machine
-run the dishwasher
-cook dinner

Well I turned my water on and within 10 seconds it trickled down to a dripping flow. I thought it was weird, and proceeded to call all my neighbors to see if they had the same problems. Well my house was the only one with the problem. Then I called the city to see if they could tell me anything. Nope it was MY problem. Then I called my mother-in-law, whose father told her it might be something with some pressure something. First question – is that something my baby could have done? We figured it wasn’t.

So I waited a few hours, still needing to shower, still needing to boil water for dinner, still needing to wash a puked up baby and car seat. During that time it dawned on me WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT WATER FOR REAL? I became very relieved as I realized I at least have my 14 day supply. I mean you need water for everything! I’m not saying my water supply would run my washer, but at least my basic needs would be covered. Anyways, I thought it was a good chance for a friendly reminder… How are you doing with your water storage? Do you have it? GET IT!

So now for the ending of the story. My husband finally was able to call me on the phone and I said OUR WATER IS BROKEN! He said, oh that’s an easy fix. I guess our baby has been playing with the main on and off levers for our house since he saw my husband turn off the outside water valve in the basement for the sprinklers. My husband had seen him do it the other day. Anyways, I went down to the basement and sure enough, when I had been in the basement putting away some cans earlier, he had pushed the knob to almost all the way off, because it’s fun to climb!

I’m working on developing BabyStep 9 right now- comfort foods- let me tell you I could have used lots of those today!


  • Jodi

    Jayce, Not sure what you mean about jerry-cans. The water jugs? These ones said they were food grade so hopefully they will be ok. We have only put water in with a tiny bit of bleach and so far they’ve been fine. Both of us have them in our basements. Let me know if you can give any more details. Otherwise we’ll just have to wait and see if the same thing happens to us and potentially change our recommendations.

  • Jodi

    Jayce, Not sure what you mean about jerry-cans. The water jugs? These ones said they were food grade so hopefully they will be ok. We have only put water in with a tiny bit of bleach and so far they’ve been fine. Both of us have them in our basements. Let me know if you can give any more details. Otherwise we’ll just have to wait and see if the same thing happens to us and potentially change our recommendations.

  • Be careful with those plastic jerry-cans pictured from Wal-Mart. I had 6 of them I bought end of last year, and placed mostly indoors. As of now the only one that still can fully hold water is the one I left in the garage, all the rest have slow leaks.

    Water only.

  • Be careful with those plastic jerry-cans pictured from Wal-Mart. I had 6 of them I bought end of last year, and placed mostly indoors. As of now the only one that still can fully hold water is the one I left in the garage, all the rest have slow leaks.

    Water only.

  • Heavy sigh for you. I have a two-year-old who I’m sure would do the same thing if he knew how. So glad it wasn’t a bigger emergency and that your hubby knew just what was up. Sounds like it was a bit of a stressful day. Hope things got better for you. Thanks for the wake up call to all of us to get our water ready. Glad you were prepared.

  • Heavy sigh for you. I have a two-year-old who I’m sure would do the same thing if he knew how. So glad it wasn’t a bigger emergency and that your hubby knew just what was up. Sounds like it was a bit of a stressful day. Hope things got better for you. Thanks for the wake up call to all of us to get our water ready. Glad you were prepared.

  • Joyce

    Hope everything is better today.:) Your baby is just the cutest!

    When we had a water problem…I think it took me 2 or 3 hours to remember that I had storage water in the basement. Duh!

    I was amazed at how quickly we used it though. I was thinking of drinking water, but there are so many other things we need water for. My week supply lasted for about two days. Now, I know we need a LOT more.

    Joyce

  • Joyce

    Hope everything is better today.:) Your baby is just the cutest!

    When we had a water problem…I think it took me 2 or 3 hours to remember that I had storage water in the basement. Duh!

    I was amazed at how quickly we used it though. I was thinking of drinking water, but there are so many other things we need water for. My week supply lasted for about two days. Now, I know we need a LOT more.

    Joyce

  • jweiss08

    We’re doing a big emergency preparedness month in January. We talk about making sure you know how to do all shut-offs on our emergency plan checklist under getting started, but you can rest assured that after yesterday’s fiasco we will be making sure we make it clear EVERYONE (who is old enough) needs to know how to do EVERYTHING in the house, not just your husband (who could be out of town!)

  • jweiss08

    We’re doing a big emergency preparedness month in January. We talk about making sure you know how to do all shut-offs on our emergency plan checklist under getting started, but you can rest assured that after yesterday’s fiasco we will be making sure we make it clear EVERYONE (who is old enough) needs to know how to do EVERYTHING in the house, not just your husband (who could be out of town!)

  • Funny now but not at the time I am sure. I hate when those types of days happen but they make us stronger. I have been getting a better water supply together so thanks for looking out for us.

  • Funny now but not at the time I am sure. I hate when those types of days happen but they make us stronger. I have been getting a better water supply together so thanks for looking out for us.

  • GrandmaLori

    Another element of being prepared, is knowing where the main shutoffs are for your water and natural gas, and the main electric switch. After an earthquake, pipes can be broken, and it’s important to know how to shut things off. Your readers need to know this, and teach it to their old-enough children in case the kids are home alone at the time.

  • GrandmaLori

    Another element of being prepared, is knowing where the main shutoffs are for your water and natural gas, and the main electric switch. After an earthquake, pipes can be broken, and it’s important to know how to shut things off. Your readers need to know this, and teach it to their old-enough children in case the kids are home alone at the time.